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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Dominican Republic man previously deported after being convicted of heroin possession pleaded guilty this week to illegally re-entering the territory, authorities said. Timoteo Upia-Frias, 74, of Santo Domingo, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Ruth Miller and pleaded guilty to one count of illegally re-entering the

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TEAGUE BAY — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources announces that the Division of Coastal Zone Management in collaboration with Friends of the St. Croix East End Marine Park will host an educational session of Astronomy by the Sea on Saturday, October 9th at Estate Great Pond Park

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CHRISTIANSTED — Citing Center for Disease Control and the Virgin Islands Department of Health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 Virus, the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs announced its St. Croix office is closed immediately effective today, October 6, 2021 “to allow for sanitization and deep cleaning of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Attorney General Denise George has announced that that 41-year-old Dustin Bue Messerly, a registered sex offender, was arrested by Virgin Islands Department of Justice (VIDOJ) Special Agents and Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) unit on St. Thomas today. Messerly was arrested for failure to comply

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who allegedly hit a person with a bat and threatened them with a knife near the cruise ship dock was arrested Tuesday, authorities said. Shakim Gumbs, 39, of the Estate Bovoni Apartments, was arrested at 7:49 a.m. on September 28 and charged with

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The VIPD is asking for the St. Thomas community’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Constance Brathwaite Phipps and 16-year-old K’Vante Brathwaite Phipps, who were last seen in Estate Wintberg yesterday, and who were each reported missing by family members. Constance is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police need your help this evening to find a missing teenager on St. Thomas, authorities said. Solimar Barnes, 15, has been missing for three days, family members told the Virgin Islands Police Department. Barnes stands 5-feet, 8-inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds. She has a light

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Small Business Administration Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands District Director Josué Rivera made his first official visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands last week, meeting government officials, small business owners, community organizations and business development centers on St. Croix and St. Thomas. Rivera visited in person

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced that the Virgin Islands Law Enforcement Planning Commission (LEPC) has received a $125,520 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in support of residential substance abuse treatment for state/territorial prisoners. The award from the Bureau of Justice Assistance supports the vital

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TEGUCIGALPA — A huge fire destroyed or damaged at least 200 houses and businesses on the Honduran island of Guanaja on Saturday, forcing hundreds of residents to flee for safety and ravaging the tourism-dependent resort, relief agencies said. Dramatic video footage shared on social media showed rows of seaside houses

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